Do subzones work in Montalcino? Stefano responds to a reader.
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Do subzones work in Montalcino? Stefano responds to a reader.

There was a lot of response to yesterday’s post “Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why” by Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini. One reader, Andrea Fassone, a leading east-coast importer of Italian wines in the U.S., responded with this comment: Why did they map Barolo and Barbaresco then? you have different … Continue reading

Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why.
Montalcino

Subzoning doesn’t work in Montalcino. Here’s why.

You can see Sangiovese’s gold across all of Montalcino! In the background in the photo, you can also see another vineyard that’s located at the same elevation. But the color is different. According to fanciful subzone-lovers, who are armed with their little multi-colored maps and their written-in-stone certitudes, it’s the same subzone. But according to … Continue reading

Elin McCoy’s 2019 harvest report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini
Harvest 2019 / Montalcino

Elin McCoy’s 2019 harvest report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini

Above: Montalcino in late September, a few weeks before the Brunello harvest begin. Photo by Stefano Cinelli Colombini. “Despite extreme weather,” writes leading American wine critic Elin McCoy for Bloomberg, “2019 is a ‘perfect storm’ vintage for wine.” Click here to read her 2019 vintage report for Bloomberg, including notes from Stefano Cinelli Colombini on … Continue reading

Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” this weekend at Fattoria dei Barbi
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Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” this weekend at Fattoria dei Barbi

Click to register for “Birth of a Brunello” events, tours, and tastings this weekend. The Sangiovese harvest has begun in Montalcino: This weekend, Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini will be hosting tastings of the newly pressed wines and guests will experience the “Birth of a Brunello” (see link above for details). … Continue reading

Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” (the racking of the new wine) October 5-6 at Fattoria dei Barbi
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Experience the “Birth of a Brunello” (the racking of the new wine) October 5-6 at Fattoria dei Barbi

The Fattoria Dei Barbi in Montalcino invites you to an extraordinary event: the “Birth of a Brunello” on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6. Guests will enter the cellar during racking, when the fermentation finishes and the winemaker tastes the new wine for the first time. Guided groups of visitors will be get to … Continue reading